One of the best parts of being an adult is the nostalgia around your old and retro toys. The eighties were a fantastic time to grow up. I am biased since I have had no childhood in any other era, but my memory is full of wonder toys and cartoons.
I am trying to pass this love of the eighties onto my own children. Making them watch repeats of Inspector Gadget, He-Man, Bananaman and Button Moon on You Tube. Finding old board games that I had forgotten I still owned; Guess Who (the politically incorrect version lol), Escape from Atlantis, Junior Scrabble and Frustration.
I still own my Care Bear. He is regularly cuddled by my daughter, and I recently told the Aunty who bought him for me that he was still being played with. I wish I had my Little Professor still for my 7 year old, he would love it with his maths obsession. I definitely still have the scars from the space hopper days! I loved She-Ra, but not as much as He-Man. I’m not sure whether my love stemmed from buying She-Ra with money I had saved or having something my best friend didn’t. As for Fashion Wheel. I’m looking forward to buying the modern equivalent for my daughter in a few years. I spent many a rain swept afternoon designing clothes that no-one would ever wear (or want to, my choice of colours was a little bold).
So, these are some of my favourite retro toys. If you were a child in the eighties what did you love most? I’d love to read your comments. If you did read this I wonder what your children’s list of favourite retro toys will look like in 30 years time? That’s a strange thought isn’t it?